I’ve previously spoken about indie brand DreamWorld Hermetica‘s Cloud formula of mineral foundation, but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to use it as a standalone foundation because the color became too light once I got a bit of sun at the beginning of the summer. I wanted to grab a deeper shade during their Black Friday sale, and took the opportunity to try one of their two other foundation formulas, this time purchasing Luna.
Though DreamWorld’s descriptions of the three formulas is very brief, I had initially been attracted to Cloud because it sounds like the more mattifying of the three and I enjoy foundations that I don’t have to touch up. Luna is the brand’s oldest formula and from the looks of the ingredients, which include mica on the list, it sounds like it would have some more luminosity to it.
Luna ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Iron Oxides. DreamWorld has a “less is more” philosophy with their ingredients, and the other two foundation formulas that they’ve created offer options that are mica-free (Cloud) and titanium dioxide-free (Vapor).
DreamWorld has over 170 shades of foundation available, so it’s a very accommodating range! They’re divided into broad color families and then into named colors. Those colors then have 8 different shades, from light to deep. I found through exploring sample baggies that color Rhea suits me best – Rhea is described as a “peach” color. My paler shade match is Rhea II while with a little tan I’m a Rhea III. Sample baggies are available for $2, and if you need help locating your shade, DreamWorld can help you out over email – their customer service is incredible.
The pots come with sifters and can be twisted closed (thank you!), and you can buy halfling jars for $11.25 and full-size jars for $17.50. I have a full sized Cloud, but I went for the halfling sized Luna. I’ve had Cloud with me all summer through traveling even though the shade was too light for me to use it all by itself because it still made a nice, oil-absorbing setting powder, and it’s fantastic for traveling thanks to not being a liquid and having a secure closure. The pots aren’t excessively large and slip into a makeup bag really nicely.
I’ve been wearing the new foundation for a few weeks now and I’m really enjoying it. The coverage is similar to Cloud (the lighter side of “medium” coverage) but I can see a slightly more natural kind of luminosity in my skin when I wear it. It’s not a lot, though, so it won’t look dewy or shimmery. I think it looks really natural on the skin, and when I apply it I feel like I look like a slightly more perfected version of myself without really looking made up.
I think you can see that it tones down redness while not entirely flattening out the color of my face, and it preserves the natural finish of my skin. In comparison, Cloud looks a bit more matte. Because it’s not tremendously high-coverage, I like it best on days when my skin is looking decent and I do often top it off with a little bit of Sonia Kashuk’s All Covered Up concealer (review) on more specific areas that could use a little more help.
I’ve found that it’s thankfully also comparable to Cloud in oil-absorbing abilities. It’s the kind of foundation that will benefit from maybe one or two blot powder touch-ups on my oiliest area (my nose) during the day, depending on how long the day goes on, but doesn’t require much more than that. The more “normal” areas of my face look great at the end of the day without any help. While I’ve experimented with different brushes for the mineral foundations, I’ve recently found that I’m really enjoying using the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush from the Travel Essentials 3-piece set. Which is cool, because that was a brush that hadn’t yet found it’s perfect place in my routine. It’s supposed to be a blush and bronzer kind of brush and offers slightly sheerer coverage than a smaller, denser buffing brush does, but I enjoy the diffused application I get with it. I find that it’s a bit large, stiff, and dense for blush and bronzer, personally, but great for powder foundation.
Above, I’ve finished my face but didn’t add any additional finishing powders or luminizing products so that it’s easier to see the finish of the foundation. I’m also wearing: Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up concealer in 01 Porcelain (review), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (review), Shiro Cosmetics blush in 1-Up, Nyx eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer on my eyebrows, Derma MD lipgloss Dollface, L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza mascara (review), and eyeshadows from Shiro Cosmetics that I’m currently trying out.
At this point, Luna is a foundation I enjoy reaching for on a day-to-day basis when I don’t need high coverage. It can also add some extra coverage and a natural finish to skin when used as a setting powder. Thanks to DreamWorld’s extensive shade selection I’m able to find a fantastic match for my skin, and it’s pretty affordable at $11.25 for a halfling jar and $17.50 for a full-size jar (and mineral foundations last forever, so the halfling is still plenty). All of DreamWorld’s products are cruelty-free, most are vegan, and they’re very careful about their ingredients, avoiding nano-particles and offering formulas that are free of specific ingredients so that their range can accommodate everyone.
You can check out their foundations overview here. It looks like the store will be closed until February 1st while they prepare for some new product launches, so you can keep up with those changes by checking their homepage.
Have you found a powder foundation you enjoy, or do you have a favorite indie foundation? I’d love to hear about it!